Responsible fishing

Responsible fishing

Echebastar has been working in tuna fishing since 1967, promoting sustainable fishing, a responsible use of fishing products and a maximum concern for the environment.

From 2003 to 2015 we have reduced our fishing capacity by 25%, trying to find another way to do things and supporting DEEP-FREEZING.

Owing to our corporative responsibility, we are pioneers in the process of deep-freezing (freezing system at -60 degrees) and specialists in all the production and supply chain of deep-frozen tuna. Echebastar is the only national company, and there are very few international, which produces high-quality deep-frozen tuna on board freezer tuna vessels, traditionally designed for freezing in brine (-14 degrees). We allocate the brine-frozen tuna to canning factories and we use the deep-frozen tuna (-60 degrees) to produce our Echebastar tuna ALAI.

The purse seine fishing techniques of our fleet include an innovative catch management system which returns to the sea any non-target live fish with virtually no human intervention.

We operate in the Indian Ocean, complying with the guidelines set forth by the IOTC (Indian Ocean Tuna Commission), fully supervised by independent onboard observers who audit the work of our fishermen.

We keep working closely with institutions such as AZTI, MSC, EII, ISSF in order to guarantee good practices and the sustainability of resources. Our crew members, operators and management attend regular training courses with a view to improving our fishing activities.

Our MSC certification is another step forward in terms of our commitment to sustainability. We are the first tropical tuna purse seine fishing company in the country which conforms to the standards for well-managed fisheries set by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council).


ECHEBASTAR OBTAINS MSC CERTIFICATION

This is the first tropical tuna fishery in the world, to obtain the recognition conferred by the seal of MSC, the highest independent body that certifies sustainable and well-managed fisheries throughout the world, for its skipjack fishing in all its forms.

The MSC label guarantees the consumer that Echebastar tuna production is obtained according to the highest criteria of responsible fishing. This is the recognition to the continuous work performed by the company in the last years, in favor of the sustainability of the resource. It has been possible thanks to the commendable effort of the company’s professionals, collaborators, national and international institutions, NGOs and the constructive contributions received by all the organizations involved during the certification process.

Echebastar reaffirms its valuable strategy in the treatment of catches and their tuna production. We trust that this certification will serve to the tuna sector that operates in the Indian Ocean, towards the commitments that guarantee the continuity of the resources for future generations.

 


 


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WE ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY, RESPONSIBLE TO THE RESOURCES, RESPONSIBLE TO OUR PEOPLE, RESPONSIBLE TO THE FINAL CONSUMER. WE PROVIDE YOU WITH TUNA IN ITS MAXIMUM FRESHNESS, FLAVOUR, TEXTURE AND HEALTH CLAIMS. PURE TUNA!

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Relevant facts

2006

The beginning of deep-frozen tuna production, coinciding with the contruction of ALAKRANA vessel.

2008

Together with MAERSK, the development of quick-loading equipment in freezing and deep-freezing containers, which enabled us to reach any part in the world with any volume.

2009

Low-salt fish production.

2012

R&D collaboration with Plentzia Maritime Station (PIE), University of The Basque Country (UPV).

2013

R&D agreements with The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).
The start of the implementation of BY-CATCH in the sales contracts, turning by-catch into target fishing.

First company in the global tuna fishing industry to be included in the PVR (Proactive Vessels Register) of ISSF.

Pilot Project ‘Selective Purse Seiner Prototype’.

Since January 2013, the implementation in all our vessels of objects with non-meshing materials, with a high proportion of biodegradability.

Accomplishment of ISSF requirements, in terms of observers on board.

The beginning of the implementation in our fleet of new generation vessels with:

  • Less fishing effort
  • Less powerful engines(less consumption and a minor carbon footfrint)
  • 30% of capacity aimed at deep-frozen fish with high added value
  • Conveyor belts to return by-catch alive to the sea.

2014

100% and 24/7 coverage of observers on board in all our ships.

2018

Echebastar is the first tropical tuna fishery in the world which catches skipjack tuna using all methods of seine fishing ever to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, the most rigorous independent organization setting standards for well-managed and sustainable fishing.

Certification to the MSC Fisheries Standard for sustainable skipjack seine fishing in the Indian Ocean.

We are the first tuna fishery in the world using this fishing method in all its forms ever to be granted certification to the Standard for Sustainable Fishing issued by MSC, which is the most rigorous independent organization setting standards for well-managed and sustainable fishing.

Major Projects

ULPGC PROJECT

Research developed by Echebastar and The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria of the incidental caughts in the tuna industry, both in Free school and in objects. Quantification and preventive measures.

AZTI PROJECT

The development of a purse-seine selective net.

PIE PROJECT

Research of BTS (burned meat syndrome or YAKE).

Continuous training courses and workshops for best practice in daily work.